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I was trained at Lowry AFB and Orlando AFB and served on Taiwan (868thTMS). 1960-1961 My afsc 4333B. I was transfered to Fairchild AFB to be retrained on the Hound Dog but spent the last year of my service as production coordinator for the PMEL supporting service equipment.
I'm really glad I found this website. I have enjoyed seeing all the info and hearing about folks I haven't seen for many years. I was an instructor at Lowry, Orlando and the Cape in addition to crew duty at Hahn, Bitburg, and Kadena. The TAC Missile years were the best of my career. To whomever put this site together - Thanks!!
I was part of 586th at Hahn between 1960 and 1962. Enjoyed surfing in on web sites. Brings back a lot of memories. Keep up good work. Part of first group sent over to assembly and set up TM-76A,picture on cover of Missileer. Would like to hear from anyone there during this time.
Like to get my e-mail address on the roster,I'm already a member
69th Pilotless Bomber Squadron 1953, Patrick ABF. Hahn Air Base. Deployed from PAFB in September 1953 Departed Hahn Sept 1957. Served as Special Weapons Officer. Head of the Munitions Branch at Hahn, initally at Hahn in Butler Building on flight line, then Metro Tango Area when first built. Transferred to the 7382nd Provisional Group, while the 701st Tactical Missile Wing was being activated.Then to the 701st TMW. Served under Maffrey,Zachmann, and then Runyon. Departed for Vandenberg AFB then Camp Cooke.Spent 3 years with the Thor, then Minuteman with the 3901st followed by Headquarters SAC in Minuteman Branch of the Directorate of Maintenance. Air War College,J-4 Logistics of the Joint Staff, MAAG Korea as Senior Liaison Officer to the Korean MND, Joint Staff and Senior Service Colleges. Retire in 1973. Final assignment Andrews Air Force Base,Headquarters Command Military District of Washington, Washington DC
I was stationed at Sembach from 1961-1965. Was at site 3 (Grunstadt) for 13 months, then the 38TMW at Sembach, until March 1965, was sent to Vandenberg AFB, CA. I retired out of Vandenberg AFB in 1970 & liked this area & weather so well, that I have made Santa Maria, CA my home. Anyone who may remember me are welcome to send an e-mail my way. I plan on being in Dallas, TX in late August 2000 & hope to see a lot of OLD familiar troops there. I'm the guy who sent Joe Perkins those old I.D. pictures of Sembach troops, & he was kind enough to put them on the web. See you all in Dallas - Beryl Ristine
Neat site-Was stationed at Gruenstadt as a launch crew member from 1964 untill the Mace was phased out in 1966. Nice to see Bob Bolton, Ski, and Georges name here- Sure brings back some great memories....
I was both a launch crew & maint. crew chief.Was in the 887th as launch crew chief.I was glad to find this site is very good.
What a great site! I have renewed several old acquaintances from 36 years ago. I was at Sembach from May '62 through Dec. '64 ('A' Flight '62-'63; Gruenstadt 'C' Flight 63-64); Mech. I on Lt. Davenport's, Capt. Chuck Cage's, and Capt. Ray Berry's launch crews. I live very close to the location for the reunion in August, so I'll be there. Hope to see many familiar (albeit older) faces. Please, any old buddies who might remember me, send e-mail. I'd love to hear from you.
FORMALLY WITH THE 6911 RGM USAFSS AS AN INTERCEPT RADIO OPERATOR, CAME TO HAHN IN 1960 WITH THE 586th TMG COMMUNICATION CENTER . LOCATED OUTSIDE MAIN GATE. THE ONE THAT WAS BELOW GROUND.LEFT HAHN IN 1961 BEEN BACK MANY TIMES , PLACE HAS REALLY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS.NICE TO FIND THIS SITE.
I signed in earlier, but my e-mail address has changed, and I am too dumb to correct it. I was at Hahn from 64 thru 66, and worked mostly at Site IV as a flight controls mechanic. Hope to hear from old friends, and I really hope to see a lot of you in Dallas.
Great Job Joe, Bitburg AFB,Germany 1961-1964. Ist Group on the MACE. 585th MMG. I worked at Missile Supply (Parts Runner) for the MACE Pads after the MATADOR was fazed out. I was there when President Kennedy was shot. Remember the Alert and the sounds of the missiles being warmed up. Hope to Hear from all of my buddies from Bitburg, 71TMG & 585th MMG. Col. Vetter was the group Commander and a statue was built in his honor near the Missile Maintenance group. We were the group that unloaded the MACE Missiles.I Remember unindentified aircraft flying over trying to take pictures.(F-105's from Base ran them off)See yall in Dallas.
I was stationed at Hahn from 1961 to 1965. I was assigned to the 586th MMS and worked at Site IV, as a guidance sys tech with a recycle crew. After freezing my postier out there for over two yrs I was assigned to QC section with Patchen, Hay,Williams, Thompson, Frazier & Nelson. There were others but I'm too old and crotchety to remember their names. I only have contact with Willie Williams. Some of you may remember me form the Rod & Gun Club since I worked there and was custodian for a while after Don Kizer rotated back to the states. On rotating back to the states I was assigned to the 6596TH Instrumentation Sq at Vandenberg AFB CA, I retired in 1969 then worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 20 yrs, retiring permanently in 1990 and now live in Santa Maria, Ca.I learned about this web site from Beryl Ristine, it's a great site and sure brings back a lot of memories.
Arrived in germany in 1958 to man a Guidance detachment at Ilmspan. After the guidance sites were shut down went to Bitburg and worked in missile maint. for the 71st TMS. We were one of the best, crew No. 8. Won Crew of the month 4 times in a row. Left to go back to the states in 1961. Great site, hope to hear from some of the old 71st TMS crew.
It's good to find there's an opportunity to renew old acquaintances from Sembach, Orlando, and Bitburg. Although I enjoyed my entire career, I have always treasured the memories of my Mace days. Started at 'A' Flight on Lt. Vaselenko's crew with Quentin Davis, Ken Larsen and Wally Coburn trying to make me a 'Mech 2', and I credit Bob Harn with my 'Bogie' nickname. Moved to 'B' flight (Jim Reider's crew) during the RFML conversion; TDY to Hahn to 'bomb up' Hecken Site; then back to Gr
Joe the web site looks great. Thank you for adding the pictures I sent you of the guys from Sembach 1960. I will see you in Dallas in August and hope that more of the guys who were stationed at Sembach will attend. Stationed at Sembach 1960-1962 Member of Capt. Byron's launch crew at 'A' & 'B' flight 1960. Member of Lt. Burker's launch crew at 'B' flight 1960. Member of Lt. Pappacio's launch crew at 'C' flight 1961. Member of maintenance crew at 'A' flight 1961 & 1962 with Sgt. Don Shifflet and Airmen Don Hess.
Hello to everyone, but especially the 586th MMS from Flugplatz Hahn.
Lowery AFB 1961, 4504th MTW OAFB Florida Oct 61 to Jan 62 Sembach AFB Feb 62 to Dec 64 assigned to B flight (Invent 1 2 & 3) 823nd TMS as Guidance Tech with OIC Captain Thoeni Crew Chief S/Sgt Bill Rowe and Weapons Tech Tom Baker Can't remember how many times yelled ' launch bias good'. Returned to 4504th 1965 as instructor, until discharge.
I am planning to go to the Dallas reunion alone as I will be traveling on my scooter (any other bikers out there?)-- was wondering if someone who may be traveling alone would like to share a room to cut down on expenses? Please let me know as soon as posible. Thanks
I was in the Mace R&D program at the Cape in the late fifties and early sixties, as a guidance and control systems analyst. I think this is a super site. Keeo up the good work.
Great site. It seems that noone has taken up the responsibility of the 498th. I wish someone would so I don't have to. Surely there is someone more responsible. I remembered about 50% of my tour then and admitted to 10% of it. I'm not sure much of value remains physically or mentally.
stationed at hahn from dec 62 until dec 66. worked in the AGE section and at site's 4 and 5.where are all the guys who worked in maintenance and drove the MM1'S and hauled the missiles? would like to hear from you all.